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Hiking & Walking Trails
From Here to There

Learn how Montana's trail system links people to the state's most spectacular places. The system has 15,000 miles of trails available for every use.

Trails System—"From Here to There" (Montana Outdoors May/June 2004)

Montana Trails

  • Hiking at Lone Pine State Park Lewis & Clark Caverns<—The trails of Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park allow the visitor to enjoy and experience many aspects of the park above and beyond the caverns.

  • Lone Pine State Park Lone Pine State Park—Plan a couple of hours to picnic and hike along a self-guided nature trail and several informal hiking trails. Horse trails are also available. Three scenic overlooks provide spectacular vistas all the way from Flathead Lake to Glacier National Park.

  • Hiking at Lone Pine State Park River's Edge Trail—This 25-mile trail around Great Falls is a collaborative effort between several agencies, counties, and the city of Great Falls. The trail offers 11 miles of paved surface and is ADA accessible. The Rivers Edge Trail connects several parks including Giant Springs State Park and other points of interest along the Missouri River including Black Eagle Falls, Rainbow Falls, Crooked Falls, and Great Falls of the Missouri just below Ryan Dam.

National Trails

  • American Hiking Society—This group was formed in 1976 and has become a strong national voice for hikers; they fight to protect and preserve hiking trails and promote hiking itself.
  • American Trails—This is a national, nonprofit organization which speaks and works on behalf of all trail interests which include hiking, biking, horseback riding, OHV, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. The American Trail members strive to create and protect America's network of interconnected trails.
  • American Volkssport Association—This national organization is a network of 350 walking clubs with more than 3,000 walking events per year in all 50 states! They welcome you to come and meet friends, and walk scenic trails at your own pace for health, fitness, and fun.
  • Rails-To-Trails Conservancy—This nationwide organization works to create a nationwide network of trails out of former rail lines. Check out this Web site to see what trails are near you!
  • Recreational Trails Program—As an assistance program to the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration, the funds benefit recreation by making them available to develop and maintain trails, both motorized and nonmotorized.
  • Leave No Trace—Leave No Trace is a national and international program designed to assist outdoor enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impacts when they hike, camp, picnic, snowshoe, run, bike, hunt, paddle, ride horses, fish, ski, or climb.